Dog Training

We offer several options for training

Find the program that works best for you, your schedule, and your dog!

PRIVATE LESSONS: Here at Bear Brook Kennel we offer private dog training where your dog can work one-on-one with our trainers. Classes will typically take place at night when it is most convenient for you. Not only are we focusing on bettering your dog's behavior, but we are in addition teaching you how to handle and promote better behavior. Classes are typically an hour. $75 per session.

DAY TRAINING PROGRAM: Clients will drop off their dogs in the morning (8:30 am) and pick them up in the afternoon (1:00 pm). Trainers at Bear Brook Kennel will work with your dog throughout the day. There will be various one-on-one sessions that cover basic obedience, good manners, and socialization. Your dog will be learning throughout the day, and will be ready for a nap when they get home! $70 a day.

BOARD & TRAIN PROGRAM: Do you need to board your dog for a certain period of time, but want them to learn while they are here? Well, this is the program for you! Your dog will work with the trainers here at Bear Brook Kennel for multiple sessions each day. Not only will they get more time out of the kennel, but they will work on behavioral issues, basic obedience, and mental stimulation games. $50 a day, on top of the original boarding price.

BASIC OBEDIENCE CLASSES: 5-week group classes on Tuesdays at 5:30 PM for Basic Obedience. We teach the basic commands. These include sit, down, stay, leave it, recall, and leash walking. We allow 6 dogs in each class, so every pet and owner gets the attention needed.  

INTERMEDIATE OBEDIENCE CLASSES: These classes are also 5 weeks long and we allow 6 dogs in each class. Our Intermediate obedience training classes are the next step up from our Basic Obedience Class. Although we may go over the basics in the first class, we will then up the level of command difficulty, distractions, and mental stimulation. This class requires a strong sit, down, stay, and focus. The class will also be in a group setting with other dogs and owners.

Intermediate Class overview

- We will be doing a recap of basic commands with the distractions of a new environment

- Leash walking with a loose leash and heal command

- Off-leash distance sit and downs

- High distraction stays

- Off-leash recall

- Working in a group setting near other owners and dogs


May Basic and Intermediate Obedience class sign-ups are starting!

Classes run for 5 consecutive weeks $175 Prepay for Basic Obedience & $175 for Intermediate!

Please call for details  (207) 989-7979


Basic Obedience - $175      Intermediate Obedience - $175


What You Should Know Before Attending Training Class

  • All classes must be paid for in advance to hold your spot and are non-refundable.

  • We train with balanced training methods.

  • Treats need to be soft and pliable with a lot of odor. 

  • A buckle or snap collar, or gentle leader collar with a six-foot or shorter leash is all you need for equipment.

  • Bring the family! Whoever is not working with the dog at the moment can watch and learn from the sidelines. We prefer only one handler to work with the dog per class.

Five basic rewards in dog training

  1. Food (Treats or Kibble)

  2. Verbal Praise ("Yes")

  1. Physical Praise (Petting)

  2. Toys (Favorite ball)

  1. Free Time

Registration for Our Classes

Vaccinations and Payment

For our classes, we do require all dogs have up to date Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella vaccines. We need to see proof of these before the first day of class. You can bring them in any time before classes start or you can have your vet fax or email them to us.

We also require prepayment for the class before the first day of class. Prepayment puts your name on the class roster and holds your spot in the class - without prepayment, there is no guarantee that there will be room for you in the class and your name does not go onto the class roster.

We do need to get some information about you and your dog for our computer system so we do need you to contact us in some way before the first night of class to get you set up with an account and get your payment and vaccines taken care of. If you or your pet has never been here before, you will have to register you and your dog online.


Giovanna has had a passion for dogs since she was young. Volunteering at the humane society with problematic dogs opened her eyes to the world of training. She has gained training knowledge from the previous trainer here at Bear Brook, hands-on experience, and online forum.


Sarah is one of our head trainers here at Bear Brook Kennel. She became involved in our training program in early 2020. She shadowed our certified trainer in multiple sessions. She previously volunteered at the Bangor Humane Society for over a year where she had the opportunity to work one-on-one with a variety of dogs. This experience came with a diverse amount of personalities and behavioral issues. 



Meet some of our graduates!